Mirian Fuentes Romero
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The winner of this year's poster contest is Mirian Fuentes Romero, a student at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). On Sunday, February 21, Mirian was awarded a $300 prize for her winning design by Omar Lazo, owner of Los Chorros restaurant in Wheaton.  Lazo is a lifelong Wheaton resident and founding sponsor of the Wheaton Arts Parade. As part of the prize, Los Chorros also donated $100 to MICA for art supplies.

The contest was open to all Montgomery County high school and college students. Contestants were asked to create a design that celebrates
Wheaton's diverse cultures and the fun-filled spirit of a parade and art festival. Mirian also incorporated a tetrahedron pyramid in her design that has become somewhat of an emblem for the parade especially after last year's Path of Pyramids. After her design was selected, Mirian worked with WAP designer Josue Martinez of Corinto Gallery to adapt her design for the poster and other promotional materials. Martinez also attended MICA and has a studio at the Wheaton Arts Parade Gallery. 

Mirian is a resident of Takoma Park, MD and a junior at MICA majoring in Graphic Design with a concentration in film and video. As an artist, she started out as a painter and enjoyed making drawings for family members. It was at Montgomery Blair High School where her interest in graphic design was sparked when she was introduced to digital art. Mirian is a first generation Latinx whose parents (pictured above) came to the U.S. from Guatemala. Mirian plans to pursue a career in art direction. You can see more of her work on Instagram.